Preparedness Resources

Hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30. Being prepared to take care of ourselves allows us to then reach out and help others. In times of crisis, we have the opportunity and responsibility to respond.

72 Hour Lutheran

What is a 72 hour Lutheran? It is a person who happens to be Lutheran and has enough supplies in their home to meet their household’s basic needs for 72 hours. Being prepared to take care of your own family allows you to then reach out and help others.

Why this amount of time? If the Gulf Coast is hit by a hurricane it takes, on average, a majority of most governmental, state, and private entities 72 hours to respond. The goal in our synod is to have a majority of our people prepared at the basic level by creating 72 hour Lutherans which, in turn, lead to the natural creation of 72 hour congregations… able to take care of their own needs and available to respond to the needs of others. Let’s be ready for mission this season with enough supplies in their home to meet their household’s basic needs for 72 hours. Being prepared to take care of your own family allows you to then reach out and help others.

Many lessons have been learned since the hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast. Being prepared is crucial.

Resources

Date
Info

05/30/19
A Model for a Rapid Response Team for Your Congregation

03/16/20
Bishop’s Letter – March 16, 2020

05/30/19
Building a Disaster Supply Kit

03/06/20
Congregational Planning Checklist for a Pandemic
ELCA
This is a supplement for you and your congregation on how to plan for the impact of a pandemic in your church. A pandemic is something many of us have not experienced. Our goal at Lutheran Disaster Response is not to prepare you completely for a pandemic outbreak, but to give you a handle on what might occur and how to keep your congregation running if such a disaster occurs.

05/30/19
Disaster Preparedness Tips

05/30/19
Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional, and National Tragedy

05/30/19
Guide for Developing Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship

05/30/19
Hurricane Preparedness: Being Ready – National Hurricane Center

05/30/19
Louisiana Citizen Awareness and Disaster Evacuation Guides

03/11/20
March 11, 2020 Bishop’s Letter
Bishop Michael Rinehart Letter in Response to COVID-19

05/30/19
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)

05/30/19
Preparing for Disaster: A Guide for Lutheran Congregations

03/06/20
Worship in Times of Public Health Concerns
ELCA
When anxiety is high in our culture, worship continues to be a primary location for the proclamation both of the good news of Jesus Christ and of the continuing compassion and care of God in the midst of our humanity. It is a place where we can find solace and reassurance in the midst of our fears. Great care should be taken to continue this central ministry of the church, especially in these times. Congregations are advised to use common sense and intentional action with regard to preventing the spread of pathogens while continuing to gather around the means of grace.

03/16/20
ZOOM for Beginners

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

~ Jeremiah 29:11

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